James J. Fay
Nov. 3, 1927 — June 20, 2016
James Joseph Fay, 88, a longtime resident of Pewaukee, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, June 20, 2016. Jim was born in Milwaukee on November 3, 1927, to James Joseph and Marcella Frances (Lynch) Fay. He was raised in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University High School. Upon his graduation, he served in the Army as a military policeman. He attended Marquette University after his honorable discharge. Jim married M. Carol (Russell) Fay in 1950 at St. Bernard’s in Wauwatosa. He was proud to share he was her neighborhood paperboy and his first love. He would say, “God blessed me with a beautiful marriage to Carol and nine wonderful children.” Together with his wife, Jim raised their family in Pewaukee. After the death of his wife, he was blessed to meet Meryl Gordon, who gave him many more family members and 21 years of a loving partnership. He thought of himself as a lucky man to have been blessed with two great loves.
As a community leader in the Pewaukee and Lake Country area, Jim enjoyed serving within his career, charitable and service organizations. He was the president of First Federal Savings and Loan of Pewaukee, in which he grew and merged the business into Badger Savings. Jim also served on numerous government boards as a Waukesha County supervisor, president of the Pewaukee School Board and the Pewaukee Planning Commission.
Jim enjoyed hunting, boating, golfing, dancing, traveling the world, discussing politics and spending time with children and grandchildren. He loved to have his family gathered together celebrating holidays, birthdays and hosting the fireworks on the 4th of July. Jim was a longtime parish member at Queen of Apostles and St. Mary’s in Pewaukee. He was proud of his Irish heritage, large family and enjoyed passing on traditions. Jim was a loving father, husband, partner, grandfather and friend to all. His family was his greatest importance. His children and grandchildren will always remember him as a man with a strong faith, willing to listen and give solid advice.
Jim is survived by his children, Daniel Fay, Mary Frances (Don) Troudt, Ellen (Abbas) Fadel, daughter-in-law Mary Fay, Margaret Fay, Katy Fay, John Fay (Gayle), Joanne Fay (Richard Albert), and Julie Fay-Krivitz; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; son, James R.; one brother and three sisters; and two grandchildren, Ailish and Colleen.
A special thank you to his team of health care givers for their loving care and support throughout the years.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. at Queen of Apostles Church in Pewaukee on Saturday, July 2. Catholic Funeral Mass to immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Yonke and Son Funeral Home of Pewaukee, 262-6911900, is serving the family.